ABC News’ Bob Woodruff is returning to Iraq for the first time since January of 2006 when a roadside bomb there nearly took his life. This morning, in a blog post for ABC News, Mr. Woodruff explained his decision to return to the war zone:
I was in Iraq for the seventh time when I was injured. None of us ever could have imagined then that I would ever be able to go back, or even report again.
I will return this time with different parameters. Covering this war has changed very much since I first embedded during the 2003 invasion. But I have wanted to “get back on the horse again” since my recovery. This will be a different horse, probably not as big, not as fast and without running outside the “wire.” This means that I will stay on the US military bases without going out on the streets or battle zones like I have in the past. I owe this not only to myself, but to my family, friends, colleagues and my new “brothers and sisters” also injured in the war whose stories I have been reporting since I’ve returned.
Mr. Woodruff will be spending time in Iraq with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His reports for ABC News will begin tonight.